Lake Taupo Trout Fishing Report For The 16th of February 2009

Shane French /

February 16, 2009

Hey All,

A deep slow moving pool full of trout!

A deep slow moving pool full of trout!

Fantastic week again on the rivers in Taupo. There have been some excellent brown Trout taken at the river mouths after dark. I know of one particular angler who wants the full moon back. He recons he has the fly and the rips are deserted when the moon is out!

I dropped a Brown Trout in the Waitahanui early on in the week that looked close to double figures. This was a big Trout and my little 5# got dealt to!! There are good numbers of trout in the Nui, right throughout.

I heard a rumor that the Tongariro was fishing like a dream!

Last night I was rung by a good friend in Wellington. Steven and another Wellingtonian came up North to have a few days on Lake O but due to the wind decided to travel a little further and fish Lake Rotorua. Steven was still buzzing from the fantastic fishing they had from the river mouths, last night. When this shallow Lake warms up the trout move into the bays with the spring feed rivers. The fishing apparently was out of this world. It didn’t take much to convince me that this is where I should be going on my next day off and lucky for me that was today!

At least 6 pounds of Brown Trout

At least 6 pounds of Brown Trout

I turned up at the river mouth I had been informed to fish and watched for a wee while. A line of 13 fisherman stretched out 150 meters along the drop off. Note: take a net out with you as the walk back to the beach is about 80 meters. I tried here for 1 hour and had two takes but no hook ups. Apparently this rip needed a little on shore wind and there was NONE of that around.

From there I decided to have a bash at the Ngongotaha. Wow what a special piece of water this is. Very hard to fish in parts but hey that is good as the pressure must be reduced because of it. Apparently it is very tough going at the moment, with the water being low. I used a large Stimulator pattern and had two droppers off that, both size16 gold beads. Anything flashy did well today. I landed three nice trout around the three pound mark but also dropped two nice Jacks soon after hook up, with one smashing the dry. Man there were some big fish in this tiny stream. I love fishing new water so it was a special day for me.

Nature at its best

Nature at its best

We are so lucky to have such fantastic waters around us. The new Zealand fishery is strong and there are heaps of options out there for all anglers to enjoy. Each region has its own beauty and charm, it is up to us, to search them out and experience them.

Regards Shane